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    I just came across another brand making a small guitar about the size of a baritone that might qualify as a Guitalele/Guilele/Kiku along the lines of the Cordoba Mini or the Kanilea/Islander GL6.

    This company called HEX from Korea has a model called the Bumblebee. According to their website, the scale length is 20 1/4" (515mm), and the nut width is 1 3/4" (44mm):

    http://hexguitars.com/en/project/bumblebee-bb100/

    They also have an ukulele line, but I have never heard of them before. I don't know anything about the quality, just thought the Bumblebee model looked promissing. Here is a demo video I found:


    https://vimeo.com/220568693

    Anyone heard of them or played one?
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    Found another demo video:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6d3hCYRQCBM

    This is a slightly different model with no sound hole in the front, but a side sound port.

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    This does look promising. I have been contemplating getting a Cordoba Mini but didn't want the 2" nut width. This seems more of what I'm looking for. Thanks for posting this.

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    I wrote HEX to ask about the BB70. I am intrigued by the form factor as it is the closest 20.25" scale guitar I have found that is similar to an Angel Lopez guitar.

    They replied quickly saying that the BB70 is currently only available in Indonesia. I was told to keep an eye out on Reverb, as a couple of companies there sell HEX instruments for the US market. They also wrote that the BB70 is tuned E to E, and has nylon strings.

    The HEX Website is very nicely put together.

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    Neck is too long and too narrow for me but good to have more options
    Current Stable:
    -Ohana TKS-15E - Eb cuatro
    -Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - Bb, SC SMU
    -Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    -KPK pineapple SLN-GCEA
    -Cocobolo 16" SC#1-gCEA, SC SLMU
    -Ono #42 19" baritone, Ab, LW
    -Imua iET-Bb, M600
    -Covered Bridge CLN pineapple - Eb cuatro, SC XLL
    -Rogue bari
    -Bonanza super tenor, FBL cFAD
    Once upon a time:
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    -Bruko sop. custom #6
    -Lanikai lam hog bari
    -Kala SLNG
    -Bruko bari
    -Gold Tone BUT


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Hanks View Post
    Neck is too long and too narrow for me but good to have more options
    20.27" is too long? For 19 frets? I don't think so.

    Yes, the neck will feel a bit narrow (for six strings) to an 'ukulele player, but it's a pretty common nut width for a guitar player.

    The Yamaha CG102A is a half-scale guitar with a 21" scale, and a 48mm nut. Check out this video;


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    I like 19" baritones. ;-) and there's a big difference between 44mm and 48mm. There's a reason the instrument is pictured with 5 year olds.
    Current Stable:
    -Ohana TKS-15E - Eb cuatro
    -Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - Bb, SC SMU
    -Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    -KPK pineapple SLN-GCEA
    -Cocobolo 16" SC#1-gCEA, SC SLMU
    -Ono #42 19" baritone, Ab, LW
    -Imua iET-Bb, M600
    -Covered Bridge CLN pineapple - Eb cuatro, SC XLL
    -Rogue bari
    -Bonanza super tenor, FBL cFAD
    Once upon a time:
    -RISA Concert Stick
    -Bruko sop. custom #6
    -Lanikai lam hog bari
    -Kala SLNG
    -Bruko bari
    -Gold Tone BUT


    Jim's Blog

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    A while back I had an older Breedlove nylon string crossover with 1 3/4" nut width. I found the neck very comfortable, but the tone was left to be desired so I passed it along. IMO, 1 3/4" nut width is the starting point for nylon strings - I don't think just for kids, adults too. Surely it is string spacing that is more important, and there is still wiggle room with 1 3/4" nuts. My aging hands just don't get along like they used to on my 52mm nut width classicals

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    The narrow neck on those is probably an advantage for anyone with small hands, such as most women.

    The neck width should correspond to a typical western guitar, put on a classical, like a cross over guitar.
    I used to play a vintage Höfner youth/travel guitar like that.
    I must admit that for my fingers it was a bit tricky, since the nylon strings take up more space than Steel strings. That guitar is now at my sisters place, and my wife recently bought a full width classical. Se constantly complains about how wide the nut is.
    Last edited by UkingViking; 04-05-2018 at 07:15 PM.
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    FWIW, I am rethinking my earlier statement about "too narrow". I have played some 1-3/4" since my post above and I'm liking it now.
    Current Stable:
    -Ohana TKS-15E - Eb cuatro
    -Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - Bb, SC SMU
    -Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    -KPK pineapple SLN-GCEA
    -Cocobolo 16" SC#1-gCEA, SC SLMU
    -Ono #42 19" baritone, Ab, LW
    -Imua iET-Bb, M600
    -Covered Bridge CLN pineapple - Eb cuatro, SC XLL
    -Rogue bari
    -Bonanza super tenor, FBL cFAD
    Once upon a time:
    -RISA Concert Stick
    -Bruko sop. custom #6
    -Lanikai lam hog bari
    -Kala SLNG
    -Bruko bari
    -Gold Tone BUT


    Jim's Blog

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